Ascension Media, in association with BCF Film Group and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), is pleased to announce the completion of principal photography on the feature film “Southern Christmas”. The production was based in Guthrie with additional filming in Stillwater and Edmond, and utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO.
“Southern Christmas” tells the story of two teenage girls, played by Sierra McCormick (Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm”) and Brighton Sharbino (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”), from different worlds who experience a little Christmas magic and find they have much more in common than they ever imagined.
Producer and Director Harvey Lowry happily returned to Oklahoma for yet another film, having previously directed the feature “Monday at 11:01 A.M.”, which also utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program in the fall of 2014. “It was an honor to utilize the rebate program and work with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office. I’m very glad to be back in Oklahoma,” said Lowry. “Guthrie was the perfect backdrop for our family-friendly holiday film, ‘Southern Christmas.’”
This film is also being produced by Jasmine Fontes, Rachel Meyer and Kelli Kaye. Meyer notes, “Guthrie is one of the most welcoming towns in which I’ve ever stepped foot. We’re looking forward to showcasing this historic gem on screen.”
The film features Oklahoma grown talent Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts), Paula Trickey (“Pacific Blue”), and Christian Kane (“Leverage”). It also welcomes the talented Christopher Rich (“Reba”), Tiffany Fallon (“The Competition”) and Hollywood legends Bo Derek (“10”) and Shelley Long (“Cheers”). The local talent in Oklahoma is outstanding, and the producers are proud to introduce Tisha Alexander Bradford, Ryan Coffey, Parker Ridings, Thatcher Ridings, Bryson Smith and Gavin Taylor.
The producers give special acknowledgement to their phenomenal crew whose tireless efforts and skill made principal photography a terrific success. They also acknowledge the many community members and brands that enhanced “Southern Christmas” in front of and behind the camera: American Airlines, Red Bull, Guthrie Chamber of Commerce, the City of Guthrie, Cadence Equestrian Center, the Stillwater Regional Airport, the City of Stillwater, Oklahoma State University and their School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, along with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.
“The growth of our state’s film industry comes with the certainty of a stable film incentive program as evidenced in the return of filmmakers like Harvey Lowry to Oklahoma,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “More films create more sustained jobs for our hard-working local crew as well as growth for the industry as a whole. We’re proud to be working again with Harvey and his incredible team on his second film in Oklahoma, and we’re thankful to our film-friendly communities for welcoming ‘Southern Christmas’ to the state.”
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit www.okfilmmusic.org.